College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Gary Kreps, PhD

University Professor, Department of Communication

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Research Focus

I examine the use of communication to promote health and wellbeing, especially in response to serious health threats. I conduct multi-methodological, programmatic, field-based research employing a community-based participatory framework to examine health risks, develop evidence-based health promotion interventions, and implement/sustain refined health promotion programs, policies, technologies, and practices.

My work is designed to improve health outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized populations, including those who face serious socioeconomic, educational, cultural, and health challenges. I examine access to and use of relevant information for making informed health decisions. I develop evidence-based programs to reduce structural, economic, cultural, and bureaucratic barriers to well-being, as well as to prevent, prepare for, and respond to serious health risks and crises. My projects examine regional, national, and international efforts, including global health.

Current Projects

■ The Global Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) Research Program: expanding the HINTS-USA research program internationally to China, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Israel, Peru, and other countries to inform public health promotion efforts

■ Health Communication Delivery Training Program: working with faculty from the School of Nursing to develop and evaluate a training program for health care providers working with immigrant populations at the Mason and Partners Community Clinics

■ Communicating about Genetically Modified Foods: evaluating audience analysis research to guide design of public health education messaging programs about genetically modified foods

■ Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax: advising a public/private consortium to develop health promotion programs for at-risk populations

Select Publications

Kreps, G. L., et al. (2017). Expanding the NCI Health Information National Trends Survey from the United States to China and beyond: examining the influences of consumer health information needs and practices on local and global health. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 94(2), 515-525.

Kreps, G. L. (2017). Online information and communication systems to enhance health outcomes through communication convergence. Human Communication Research, 43(4), 518-530.

Kreps, G. L. (2017). Stigma and the reluctance to address mental health issues in minority communities. Journal of Family Strengths, 17(1), 3.



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